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In The Maldives
a trip to the exotic Maldives and stay in style
to the Maldives
to the Maldives by TJ Tierney
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|If you are looking for extreme
luxury with tropical surroundings, you don't have to look any further -
the Maldives is a perfect destination for a once in a lifetime vacation.
Once a completely remote
and isolated tropical paradise, the Maldives has now become a very popular
holiday destination for Europeans and Americans. The Maldives is made up
of a group of atolls with luxury resorts scattered around its coastline.
The Republic of Maldives
is located in the Indian Ocean. Situated south of India and south west
of Sri Lanka, the Maldives total twenty-six atolls with over 1000 small
islands, most of which are inhabitable.
Most of the resorts have
their own entities with some resorts taking up whole islands - these resorts
offer great privacy and ensure a relaxing vacation. Nearly all of the holiday
resorts are located on the five main atolls, which are Kaafu, Vaavu, Baa,
Alifu and Lhaviyani. Alifu is the main tourist zone where new hotels and
resorts are in the process of being built.
Travelling to the Maldives
is pretty straightforward. Standard travel documents, such as a passport
are needed, but you don't need a visa. Visas are only required if you are
planning to work there.
|Accommodation in the Maldives
differs from resort to resort and from island to island. Some resorts offer
basic huts with outdoor bathroom facilities that will give you the traditional
island feel, while others offer all the standard services that we are accustomed
Most of the resorts in the
Maldives provide some, or all, types of water trips. Night time fishing
trips are a special treat. The Maldives is also known as one of the best
diving destinations in the world and the resorts cater very well for this.
Most of the resorts have got their own diving school.
The seas around the Maldives
also provide great areas for snorkelling; the coral reefs are amazing and
are full of great and wonderful marine life.
|But to see the full extent
of the amazing sea around the Maldives you need to go deep into the sea.
A deep-sea dive will certainly be worth it and these are widely available.
The Maldives is also a perfect
spot for any type of water sports, especially windsurfing and scuba diving
and is also a great destination for sailing and water-skiing.
Most of the resorts have
their own bars and restaurants. The food is similar on most resorts with
restaurants ranging from Oriental to Middle Eastern. Most resorts have
coffee shops that serve light snacks. Fish and rice are the two most common
dishes in the Maldives.
If you are looking for some
thing different a cruise around the islands of the Maldives is certainly
the best way to see the area. This is a unique experience and will give
you a great insight into the region.
The resorts of the Maldives
are very well known for their lavish spa treatment. Along with its stunning
white sandy beaches and glorious sunshine the Maldives will certainly make
for a great holiday.
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|About the Author: TJ Tierney
is an award winning photographer and a freelance writer. To find out more
information on the Maldives visit www.trovoo.com
In The Maldives by Sean Friedman
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|Surfing in the Maldives
has increased in popularity quite dramatically since the mid 90's when
the O'Neill Deep Blue Contest was held at Lohifushi.
There are a load of fantastic
breaks in the Maldives; however, there are only a few within the tourism
zone. These breaks are also only really surfable from March to November.
It is imperative that you plan ahead if you are thinking of surfing in
the Maldives. You must have your accommodation booked for the entire duration
of your stay before you land. The Maldives are not an area where you can
just turn up with your board and head for the waves!
The southwest monsoon hits
the Maldives between May and November and this is generally when the best
breaks occur. June is generally the time of year when bad weather and large
storms hit, so surfing is not so good, however there can be some huge swells
for the more adventurous surfer. The best known breaks are found in North
Male Atoll, this area can get very crowded especially if there are a few
surfing safari boats around. Some of the best spots are:
The Chickens - Left hander
Cola's - Right hander
Lohi's - Left hander
Jailbreaks - Right hander
Sultans - Right hander
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|There are also some breaks
in South Male Atoll; however, these are generally smaller than and not
as reliable as those in North Male Atoll. There are not as many surfing
safaris here either, and it is more difficult to find anyone who knows
the breaks well.
On the outer Atolls are a
few decent breaks, however if you plan to make a special trip out here,
make sure you use a reliable boatman, and do some research before you leave.
Most of the surfing resorts
are in North Male Atoll, however there are only a couple that will cater
for surfers by providing a regular boat services to the waves. Dhoniveli
Beach, Lohifushi, and Club Med Kani, are three resorts that offer excellent
surfing services. They all either have breaks nearby or a regular boat
service to the closest waves. They also have bars and viewing facilities
setup to enjoy the surfing in comfort.
If you want to enjoy a surfing
holiday in the Maldives you really need to do some research and plan ahead
or you may be disappointed.
|About the Author: The Maldives
have some of the best sites I've ever surfed, for more info on these sites
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HOTELS, SPA & BEACH RESORTS IN THE MALDIVES
browsing hotels and resorts in the Maldives
Ihuru, North Malé Atoll
of the most picturesque islands in the Indian Ocean, Ihuru is an exquisite
tropical paradise waiting to be discovered. Blessed with palm-fringed beaches,
crystal clear waters and pristine house reefs, the eco and guest-friendly
retreat is located on the North Malé Atoll, just 20 minutes by speedboat
from Malé. Blending splendid villa living, holistic spa pleasures
and ecological adventures, Angsana Maldives Ihuru also offers eco-conservation
programmes, escorted snorkelling safaris and reef excursions for a truly
unforgettable holiday. From time to time, the self needs solitude, space
and peace to recharge its batteries. Our spa retreats are designed to be
sanctuaries for the inner self, to refresh and rejuvenate your spirit as
well as your physical being.
Tree Vabbinfaru, North Malé Atoll
away on the main atoll in the paradisiacal Maldives archipelago, you experience
a sense of magic and romance at the quintessential Maldives resort, Banyan
Tree Vabbinfaru. Enjoy the best of Maldives on land and in the water as
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru offers up the best of all worlds including one of
the best house reefs in the Maldives that is easily accessible from your
villa. You'll find paradise here - catching the sea breeze as you wake
up in the morning, snorkeling over coral and marine life just steps away
from your private villa entrance, luxuriating in the comfort of your elegant
five-star Maldives beach villa or a luxury Maldives spa, and marvelling
at the beautiful Maldives sunset and magnificent splash of stars in the
night. On top of that, enjoy complimentary wi-fi in public areas and in
Maldives Rangali Island
Conrad Maldives Resort & Spa Rangali Island is set on a white sandy
beach amid tropical gardens, and is arrived at by seaplane from Male, 90
kilometres away. Some villas are set on stilts in the ocean and some are
sited on the beach. Dining options include the Sunset Grill, set
50 metres from the shore on stilts over a reef, and the Ithaa Undersea
Restaurant, an all-glass undersea restaurant offering diners 360-degree
views of the surrounding reef life. The Atoll Market Place has 8 different
show kitchens, each offering a different type of cuisine, including Italian,
Sri Lankan and Japanese. Guests can experience complete relaxation in the
glass-floored Over-Water Spa, with treatments ranging from traditional
Thai, Ayurvedic and Swedish massages to cleansing treatments and seaweed
emerald jewel in the turquoise Maldivian waters. Acres of luxuriant vegetation.
Spectacular beaches tapering into an endless sandbank. Wander the narrow
winding paths lined with thick foliage that snake their way across the
island. Gaze up into the ancient banyan tree and spot the cranes nesting
in the topmost branches. On this stunning Maldives island resort, you can
stroll along sandy white beaches and dip your toes in the water to cool
off on a balmy day. Spend leisurely hours exploring the vibrant reefs or
an afternoon of extravagance at the spa. Indulge in dining and wining experiences
to suit your every desire. An ideal holiday retreat that offers something
Vihamanafushi, North Malé Atoll
Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Male Atoll, conveniently
located a brief 10-minute speedboat ride away from the airport and Male,
the Maldivian Capital. Dotted with coconut trees that are the islandís
namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in The Maldives.
Lush tropical gardens, white sandy beaches, and a vibrant House Reef are
the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort. The resort will charm you
with its unparalleled choice of dining experiences, recreational activities,
and entertainment while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of
relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect
for honeymooners and families alike.
Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, North Malé Atoll
on our own private island with spa, just a 15-minute boat ride from Malé
Airport, we offer beachside or over-water accommodation. Enjoy the
relaxed, tropical atmosphere of our free form fresh-water pool with adjacent
waterfall and children's pool. Located outdoor in the heart of the resort,
with ample sun lounges. Welcome to a calming and tranquil sanctuary in
the tropical paradise of the Maldives. Reward yourself and experience our
private spa island, with an array of signature and nurturing treatments
in the secluded ambience of your own spa pavilion. Enjoy a game on our
resort tennis court. The court is lit for additional availability in the
cooler evening. Racquet rental and ball hire available.
Exotica Resort and Spa, South Male Atoll
beachfront Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, located on a private island, is
encircled by the azure waters of one of the largest lagoons on South Male
Atoll in the Maldives. The local fishing village of Gulhi is positioned
nearby, where local artisans market handicrafts. This resort offers
dining options that range from casual, open-air restaurants to formal,
gourmet settings. All-day dining is presented at 24 Degrees that boasts
a multi-cuisine menu. The Deep End Restaurant prepares Mediterranean dishes
paired with fine wines. The stylish Equator Bar boasts a walk-in wine cellar
and serves a choice of cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. The Taj Spa,
an authentic Indian spa, offers an array of signature wellness therapies
administered in ocean-facing pavilions. The Water Sports Centre offers
a PADI-certified Dolphin Base Dive.
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